Picture of first sit-in August 13, 1960 and closed lunch counter. “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” More »
Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »
With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »
With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »
Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »
Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. More »
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Speaker at the 2013 ASALH National Convention Banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. More »
Dr. Robert Hayling, Me, and Charlie Cobb at the 2014 Florida Heritage Book Festival for our presentation on the Civil Rights/Freedom Summer Movement. More »
MEMO TO NATIONAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA:
Stop trying to normalize Donald Trump. Stop trying to analyze Trump's comments as if there is a reason for his making them. Stop trying to objectify Stupidity. Stop trying to make his actions honorable. There is nothing remotely honorable about a Racist Degenerate Personified. These are the reasons why he is the president-elect. You wanted to make a genius out of an IDIOT. You wanted to make a reasonable person out of racist. You wanted a thoughtful person when you had a sexist.
Donald Trump is an Arrogant Narcissist with the corresponding personality disorder. He is also not very smart which makes him doubly dangerous. Had you done your job, this disaster about to happen to America could have been prevented. Don't continue to exacerbate your original error in judgment by trying to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t. Donald Trump is the latter-not the former. He is also a wealthy amalgamated fool. Just tell the truth…that's all…tell the truth.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
THE HEADLINES BLARED…Mistrial declared in the case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop…AND THE NEWS FOLLOWED… “A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at the back of Walter Scott, a fleeing driver, in one of the most high-profile shootings AND BLATANTLY RACIST (MY WORDS) to rattle the nation in recent years.” “We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.
NOW THE STORY …
The jury was selected 11 Whites and one Black and the Black person was made the Jury Foreman. In early deliberations, one of the White jurors said… “There is no way I will convict a policeman of killing someone.” That was reported to the court. (What he was really saying was he would not convict the police of killing someone Black.) In fact, the Jury Foreman asked for a replacement which apparently was not allowed. So now we have a hung jury 11 votes for guilty and ONE VOTE for NOT GUILTY. And the judge has no choice but to declare a mistrial. The State Attorney indicated they will try the case again.
AND THE ANALYSIS…
Today saw the announcement of the first three cities in the boycott. They are Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. The Boycott will give those cities, the businesses and corporations that call those cities home, the states they are in, and the federal government, 43 days, that’s until Dr. Martin Luther King Day of 2017, to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists in those cities.
A targeted national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities that have either directly supported injustice there or have remained painfully silent in the face of it will also commence soon. Willful ignorance is no excuse. Big brands and corporations will be given an honest chance to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce a boycott of them. If America and its corporations want to continue its Injustice and its Racism, let them do it without our money. And we haven't even gotten to the Racist Degenerate President-Elect soon to sit in the White House. Every movement is ALWAYS about sacrifices. Let the Boycott Begin…and There WILL BE Collateral Damage.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Why is it White America and the White press are so upset with the actions and the appointments of the Racist AFTER electing him President? Black folks warned of his actions long ago. We know how racists perform and act and do their racist "thing." WE have seen Trump's racism historically and traditionally in these As Yet United States of America.
What did you expect after he gave you an up close and personal look at his Execrable Non-Qualified Ass.
The White press and White America thought it was cute when The Racist's racist audience would shout "lock her up" referencing Hillary Clinton.
They thought it was cute when Bernie Sanders was running around waging a negative campaign after it became obvious he would not get the votes to secure the nomination of the Democrat Party. Hell…he is not even a Democrat.
They thought it was cute when millennials said they would only vote for Bernie for President. Why?
They thought it was cute when TWO Third Party Candidates without a snowball's chance in hell of being elected decided they needed to run for President …. maybe just to see their names on the ballot? And then Jill Stein decided SHE needed to endorse Donald Trump? Why did she run other than to siphon off votes?
They thought it was cute when Donald Trump sashayed around like a peacock with the press salivating at his every action and his every move and his every whim while he said absolutely nothing.
They thought it was cute when vile and venomous and despicable and sexist and disrespectful and insulting language cascaded from the mouth of the Racist. Then everybody including the so-called Christian Evangelicals—spelled Christian Hypocrites— gave him a "bad language pass" and defended him and his language.
NOW THEY are upset AFTER THEY elected this Sexist Racist Misogynist Xenophobe as president. Live With Him White America. Black America have lived with the Donald Trump Types ALL of our Lives.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
America is hurtling down a track of racial intolerance from which there is only a slow and painful recovery, if at all! Every day the news reports document racist comments and racist intimidation and racist violence which have all spiked since the election of Donald Trump, Racist President-Elect. And White America, like it or not, this on YOU. YOU elected this Racist as President. There are those …both Black and White… who say that Donald Trump is not a racist. But you are judged by what you say and the company you keep. And during his campaign, Donald Trump used all of the code words and all of the red meat whistle terms to appeal to his Racist White campaign audiences wherever he appeared. When he said Make America Great Again, White America interpreted that to mean Make America White Again. White America is just basking in the glory of a Racist America.
I am Unapologetically and Unashamedly Black but it is not to the exclusion of anyone. I am not Anti-White. The exclusionary and preferential hate speech encouraged by Trump is Anti-Black, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino and Anti-Hispanic …and the examples don’t end. Actions of Donald Trump and his fellow racists are yielding and will continue to yield expected and unexpected results. This is not a game. Donald Trump is not just a staunch conservative. He is a staunch Racist. Persons will be hurt as this Racist and his Klan-robe wearing friends continue to feel emboldened to say and to do anything to Blacks and Muslims and LGBTs and women. But be warned, this is not an era of turn the other cheek. And like it or not, there will be innocent collateral damage —both Black and White—and there will be other unexpected consequences. The Nonviolence mantra of the 50’s and 60’s Civil Rights Movement will not suffice today. You cannot build a bridge over Racism.
MEMO TO POLITICALLY STUPID WHITE PROGRESSIVES AND EQUALLY POLITICALLY STUPID SIMPLETONS POSING AS BLACKS WHO VOTED FOR THE RACIST DONALD TRUMP —OR VOTED 3RD PARTY OR DIDN'T VOTE —BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR ASSES FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND:
First …The White Progressives or rather the Regressives who think they know every damn thing there is to know about the political arena and tooka extended flying toilet break to vote for one of the two 3rd party candidates….Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Not only did you not know what their policies were, but many of you stupidly bought into the Republicant political talking propaganda BS about Hillary Clinton. Gary Johnson could not put two sentences together which made any sense and Jill Stein endorsed Donald Trump. In your cockeyed mind, you voted 3rd party or you didn’t vote and you got The Racist Donald Trump. “Progressives”, you are not different from the Racist Trump voters? In fact you have all the appearances of RIP —Racists in Progressive—clothing. And you are just as Stupid. Perhaps in all of your political wisdom you have never sat down with a real Black person and have them explain White American Racism. You know the White American Racism that Blacks deal with every day. The White American Racism that was the foundation of the Trump campaign and as we are seeing, is the foundation of a Trump Administration. Of course, Blacks really explained White Racism to you up close and personal, you would probably have some ignorant explanation as to what you THINK racism is because again you think you know every damn thing.
Second…Blacks who do not know the difference between their asses and a hole in the ground. Well understand this Black Political Lackeys, whether YOU understand Racism or whether you have been exposed to Racism or not, you are about to have your proverbial “behinds” handed to you on a silver platter, while you are waiting on White folks to show you what they mean by Make America Great Again. Give Trump a Chance you say. You are some of the same Ne’er-do-wells who like to talk about how “Irrelevant” the Civil Rights Movement was and how irrelevant some Civil Rights organizations are, yet these are the same organizations who fought for and won the right to allow you to act like the ass you are. And what would you have done during the Civil Rights Movement? You would have done the same thing you are doing now…standing on the sidelines talking to hear yourself talk. The Civil Rights Movement represented young Black people who were brave enough to stand and march and sit down depending upon the circumstances and had the courage of their convictions to face the dogs and the cattle prods and the billy clubs and the water hoses and the ax handles and the baseball bats and the bullets and the bombs. You have bought into the same bull crap White folks have been selling you since your birth date. You do not know any better but you think you know every damn thing. Donald Trump is a Racist and a Racist is like a snake …You know what it is and what it is capable of doing. You know what Donald Trump is and you do not give him credit for anything other than what he is…a dyed-in-the-wool Racist.
So congratulations White Progressives and Uncle Tom Niggers … you have developed a Coalition. Enjoy each other for these next 4 years standing on the sidelines talking to each other while doing absolutely nothing.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
HOW DO I SEE AMERICA? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
I see America not coming close to its Creed or its Constitution or its Declaration of Independence for all of its citizens.
I see America as a place where Whites feel they are doing something extraordinarily special just to let me live here, even though White America brought my ancestors here in chains.
I see America as a country where Whites think they are giving me something —a veritable handout—yet not remotely acknowledging that I have “earned” my birthright as an American citizen.
I see America embracing vile racism in its rawest and purest form which is how it was intended when White America created Racism and the American Institution of Racism as by-products of the American Holocaust called Slavery. I see America as a pseudo-Christian country who only uses the Bible as a shield to hide its Racism and where brotherhood and sisterhood mean absolutely nothing.
I see America where its “do-good Whites” want to hold hands and talk a good game while singing Kum-Baya, but whose actions speak volumes about who they are.
I see an America as a country that tolerates Blacks but ONLY when we act like "Good Coloreds" should.
I see an America through the eyes of a Black man who recognizes America for its years of Lying and its false bravado and invoking its Christianity when it suits its racist fancy.
I am a Black man who refuses to allow America to kill my spirit and my resolve and will continue to fight in the Struggle unless and until White America kills my physical body. I am not alone. Many Blacks were beaten and killed fighting for this THING called Freedom and every time we think we finally see the end of the tunnel and Freedom is at hand, White folks change the rules of the game. But we have understood The American Institution of Racism since our very existence. We have adapted to the tomfoolery and the antics of White America.
WE are not surprised how and why White America elected the Racist flavor of the month as president. White America wants to return to the days when things were as they liked them and wanted them then….the days when Blacks were seen and not heard…the days when Blacks addressed all Whites irrespective of their age with a Mr. and Miss and Misses…the days where Blacks knew their places and dare not move from that norm…the days of the Whites Only and Colored signs…the days when Blacks dare not vote… the days when Blacks dare not run for public office…and certainly dare not envision being President of the United States. Well White America, those days are dead and gone, and your electing a Racist White president will not bring them back.
In his first book Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote: I love America more than any other country in this world, and exactly for this reason, I reserve the right to criticize her perpetually. James Baldwin wrote this in 1955. We understand exactly what you were saying James, more than 60 years ago. Nothing Has Changed.
The Criticisms and the Struggle and the Fight WILL Continue. RLHSR.